Monthly Archives: June 2010

Animal Agriculture Under Siege – How To Be A Force For Truth

Animal Agriculture Under Siege – How To Be A Force For Truth

Bovine Veterinarian

According to polls, approximately 83% of Americans approve of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), a speaker reported at the recent American Agri-Women (AAW) Symposium held in Washington, D.C. and titled “Animal Agriculture under Siege –How to be a Force for Truth.” The symposium , sponsored by the Past Presidents Council, was part of AAW’s annual Fly-In.

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FDA Takes on Antibiotics Used in Animals for Food

FDA Takes on Antibiotics Used in Animals for Food

First Coast News

The Food and Drug Administration issued a document Monday stating that antibiotics important for human health shouldn’t be used to help animals grow faster.

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Northwest Cattle Rustling Spike Spurs Law Enforcement Crackdown

Northwest Cattle Rustling Spike Spurs Law Enforcement Crackdown

Anna King

KUOW

The term "cattle rustling" might conjure scenes from an old spaghetti western. But in the vast desert range of Oregon, Idaho and Nevada, cattle rustling is a very modern–day problem.

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World beef production expected to decline

World beef production expected to decline

Lisa Boetel, Wisconsin Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

Southeast Farm Press

For a third consecutive year, world beef production is expected to decline. USDA’s Foreign Ag Service has forecast a 0.7 percent decline in world beef production for 2010, as compared to 2009.

Four of the five largest beef producing nations are expected to produce less beef. U.S. beef production is forecast to be down 0.8 percent.

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Stronger demand, rising prices have hog and cattle producers seeing green

Stronger demand, rising prices have hog and cattle producers seeing green

DAN PILLER

DesMoines Register

Fewer hogs, along with a recent rally in cattle prices, is likely to continue upward price pressure for both livestock and meat prices, reports Friday showed.

The likelihood of the first profitable year for livestock producers since 2007 will help farm incomes rise by an average of 10 percent this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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Consumers Trending Toward Grass-Fed Beef

Consumers Trending Toward Grass-Fed Beef

Beef Today

A new USDA report suggests consumers are trending toward grass-fed beef even though it remains a niche product at the present time. And if there is to be substantial growth in grass-fed’s market share, USDA noted there are significant obstacles to overcome.

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USMEF Watching New Beef Agreement

USMEF Watching New Beef Agreement

KTIC

The U.S. Meat Export Federation is interested to see what a new agreement to open China to Canadian beef will mean for U.S. beef.

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Leave marketing options to cattlemen

Leave marketing options to cattlemen

Bryan Nagel

Argus Leader

On behalf of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and our 1,000 beef producer members across the state, I’d like to offer a different producer perspective than that represented in the June 22 Argus Leader article entitled, "S.D. livestock groups encouraged by USDA proposal to level competition" and the follow-up article of June 23 entitled, "Livestock producers praise rule proposals."

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E. coli lurks in some unexpected places

E. coli lurks in some unexpected places

JODI MAILANDER FARRELL

The Miami Herald

Thought contaminated raw lettuce and undercooked ground beef were your only worries when it comes to potentially dangerous bacteria? In the age of E. coli outbreaks and food recalls, scientists are finding the virulent bug in the most surprising places.

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Farmers “Diversify” to Stay Viable

Farmers "Diversify" to Stay Viable

WHSV

In response to a challenging economic period and rising in demand in locally grown food, managers of the Virginia Farm Bureau say farmers are increasingly "diversifying" their farms and getting into several aspects of agriculture at once.

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Extra pounds equals extra dollars

Extra pounds equals extra dollars

Drovers.com

Maximizing returns is a goal for every producer, no matter what stage of production. For cow/calf producers, implanting calves is one of the most profitable tools available — returning far more in weight gain and feed efficiency than the cost of the implant itself.

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Our Number-One Enemy Is Ourselves!

Our Number-One Enemy Is Ourselves!

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

This week’s drama with the Executive Committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and its meaningless decision to separate totally from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) illustrates the serious problem this industry has with its leadership and organizations

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Hay making challenges in wet weather

Hay making challenges in wet weather

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

If hay has been rained on, it will lose nutritional value. The best alternative is to turn it as needed to hasten drying it out, but do so while it is still damp enough to retain its leaves. If it keeps getting rained on, it becomes increasingly difficult to retain its value.

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One Health

One Health

Barbara Hesselgrave

In today’s world, the convergence between animals, humans and their respective environments has become more interdependent than we often realize. We are literally no more than 24 hours from any two points on the globe. And, as communities around the world cope with rapid changes in climate and land use, the borderlines between people and their goods and products — and the hidden domain of diseases — has gradually begun to blur.

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USMEF Watching New Beef Agreement Between Canada and China

USMEF Watching New Beef Agreement Between Canada and China

Hoosier AG Today

  The U.S. Meat Export Federation is interested to see what a new agreement to open China to Canadian beef will mean for U.S. beef. USMEF estimates the value of the Chinese market for U.S. beef exports to be upwards of 200-million dollars.

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North Dakota drops TB testing regulation

North Dakota drops TB testing regulation

Brad Swenson

Bemidji Pioneer

The state of North Dakota on this week dropped additional testing requirements for most cattle entering that state from Minnesota and Montana.

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Ultrasound steers cattle growers in right direction

Ultrasound steers cattle growers in right direction

DAVID HOLSTED

Harrison Daily Times

In assembly line-like fashion, the cows moved from chute to chute, where at each stop, their flanks were slathered with vegetable oil. Standing in the sultry morning air, four people went wordlessly about their work, moving wand-like devices over the oiled-up hides and intently peering at monitors behind them. On the screens appeared black and white images of quivering life.

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Cattle Group ‘Suspends Activity’ On Reorganization

Cattle Group ‘Suspends Activity’ On Reorganization

AGWeb.com

In a hastily-called phone press conference Friday afternoon, representatives of the Federation of State Beef Councils announced they would "suspend activities" on their efforts to work with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) reorganization efforts.

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Land owners workshop addresses cattle health

Land owners workshop addresses cattle health

Bandera County Courier

To get a Hill Country Landowner’s attention, say “cattle.” This simple word draws lots of attention with the ranching community.

On Wednesday, June 30, Burnet County Extension Agent Wade Hibler and a team of knowledgeable experts will present a free program on beef cattle health, sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

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K-State Beef Conference to focus on value optimization

K-State Beef Conference to focus on value optimization

High Plains Journal

Kansas State University Research and Extension will host the 2010 K-State Beef Conference Aug. 12 with the theme "Value Optimization."

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the program at 9 a.m. in the Frick Auditorium of Mosier Hall in K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine Complex in Manhattan.

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